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Knee injury will sideline Rays’ relief pitcher Jake McGee for 6-8 weeks

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The Tampa Bay Rays, struggling to stay alive in the AL East playoff race, has suffered another blow.

Relief pitcher Jake McGee has been diagnosed as having a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss 6-8 weeks. McGee had made 36 apperarances for the Rays and had 2.57 ERA with six saves.

The injury comes at a bad time with Brad Boxberger, the Rays’ other late-inning specialist, in a nosedive. Boxberger has a 3.19 ERA and 29 saves, but since July 22, he has four losses and a blown save. His nine losses lead all AL relievers by three. Six of his losses have been by walk-off, most in the league.

The bullpen has been something of an equalizer for the Rays this season; it leads the American League in appeareances and saves. The Rays recalled Enny Romero to replace McGee on the roster.

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